The Adaptalux Christmas Update! HUGE UPDATE!

Seasons Greetings everyone! As promised, this update is crammed full of information with regards to where Adaptalux is now and what is left to do over the next couple of months.

Throughout this update there are Christmas macro photos taken by Sam using Adaptalux.

Enjoy!

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Lighting Arms Manufacturing Progress:-

The Lighting Arms are really taking shape now. We have all of the components and electronics apart from the male Adaptalux connector. This means, after Christmas the rest of the Lighting Arm sub-assemblies can take place here in the UK and then they can be finally finished off once the male adaptalux connectors arrive (expected beginning of January). Sam has been busy assembling some Lighting Arms to establish the optimum techniques to be used so we can assemble them quickly, yet keeping the very high standards of quality we have set ourselves.

Lighting Arms

Lighting Arms

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

Diffusers/Colour Filters Manufacturing Progress:-

Again, the diffusers and colour filters will be assembled in the UK after Christmas. The mass production quantities of the plastic parts have been manufactured, sonic welded together and are scheduled to get here on the 29th of December. The other parts we received quite some time back now.  For those of you who missed it, here is the image of some trial assemblies Sam made a few weeks back using injection moulding samples.

Sample mass production Colour Filters and a Diffuser

Sample mass production Colour Filters and a Diffuser

 Control Pod Manufacturing Update:-

The Control Pod will, as we have always said, be the last part to be assembled as it is the most complex. We have bullet pointed the list of jobs associated with the Control Pod below:-

  • Button assemblies and associated parts are complete and manufactured, waiting on the Control Pod Shell to be finished.
  • Electronics is now very close to being finished. These will then be turned in to a PCB design so they can be manufactured.
  • Part that the PCB mounts too has been sent off for tooling, we expect a quick turn around for this as it is a simple non-cosmetic part.
  • Bluetooth is working and on the electronic board, we just need to write the parameters for communication between the Control Pod and the App.
  • Female Adaptalux Connector is complete and signed off for mass production. Front plates are here in the UK, ready to be assembled.
  • Product Sticker that will go on the underside needs to be designed and printed.
  • Control Pod Shell has been injection molded for trial runs and testing. We are having a few teething problems getting the two halves to sonic weld together, but we have been assured it will work and we are expecting some news on this any time this week. Once this works, the tooling will be textured and samples will be sent to us for approval with button assemblies, assembled inside.

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

As you can see there is a fair amount left to do to this, but we feel it will all fall into place quite quickly once the Control Pod Shell is approved. We have improved the Control Pod, thus the Adaptalux overall functionality significantly since the Kickstarter campaign, and we assure you the wait will be worth it.

We are expecting to be able to assemble the Control Pod in early February if all goes smoothly and then we will be able to start our shipping schedule. BETA testers will be priority with a 4 week gap between other pledger shipping.

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

The Adaptalux App:-

Last week we sent out a important update regarding the BETA of the Adaptalux App. We have a range of people who have opted to test the app, and overall the feedback has been fantastic. We are very humbled with the responses and it has made us even more excited to get the full version out to you when we launch the product. To see more regarding this, please see the update:- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447024032/adaptalux-an-adaptable-miniature-lighting-studio/posts/1445694

Adaptalux App BETA is currently LIVE!

Adaptalux App BETA is currently LIVE!

 Packaging:-

Sam had another meeting with the packaging company last Friday, who have taken Adaptalux on. Sam was amazed with the results and the prototypes using just card so it is fully recyclable! As you may have seen in a previous update, the packaging has been designed to double up as a transport case for your Adaptalux parts. The design is going to be optimised in the first week of January, and then the nets will be sent to James, who will apply the Adaptalux graphics for printing. We expect the packaging to be fully finished and delivered for the end of January.

The prototypes below are of the ULTIMATE PACK BOX. The COMBO PACK and STARTER PACK will be half the depth of this box, much more like a miniature cardboard suitcase. The Individual boxes for the Lighting Arms and Diffusers/Colour Filters are yet to be prototyped, but these will be very simple to do once the packs are complete.

The ULTIMATE PACK packaging prototype

The ULTIMATE PACK packaging prototype

All pack designs be easily transported...

All pack designs be easily transported…

The ULTIMATE PACK consists of a two layer design inside. The COMBO and STARTER PACK will just be a one layer design.

The ULTIMATE PACK consists of a two layer design inside. The COMBO and STARTER PACK will just be a one layer design.

The bottom layer of the packaging design.

The bottom layer of the packaging design.

Instruction Manual:-

The Instruction manual first draft we have had completed for quite some time now. Here is a sneaky preview of a page from it below.

Sneak peek of the instruction manual

We plan to release this as a download in January with a survey to complete for us to gauge if you understand it clearly or not. The final version will be printed and included in every pack and it will also be available to download as a pdf through our website.

CE & FCC Marking:-

Once we have a complete Adaptalux set, it will be sent off for CE marking and FCC approval immediately to a company near London, UK. We are hoping we will be able to get something sent off end of January, so approval should come nicely in time for launch.

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

Well, thats it for now everyone. We would like to thank you again for supporting us throughout the year. At this time last year, Adaptalux was just been finished as a master prototype for filming Kickstarter campaign. We feel it has developed leaps and bounds since the success of the Kickstarter, and we could not thank our amazing little community enough.

We have some exciting new announcements to make next year so keep tuned!

We wish everyone and their families a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Adaptalux Team!

The Adaptalux BETA App has now been launched!

Another quick update guys regarding the launch of the BETA version of the Adaptalux iOS App.

This evening at 5:30pm (UK Time) we officially launched the BETA version of the Adaptalux App. It is valid for 30 days. Thank you to everyone who wanted to be a tester, you should all receive a email notification to your provided email address with instructions on how to download the App via TestFlight.

We still have places available for testing the App, so if you missed the last update or forgot to leave a comment, then please leave a comment below and we will get you added to the tester list.

IMPORTANT APP INFOMATION FOR TESTERS:-

It is essential that you read this before testing the app. It’s important to remember this is a BETA version of the App, therefore features are missing that will be in the full version.

In this version we are interested in getting feedback from our testers on some of the core functionality to create and save lighting profiles within the App in a “offline” mode. We would like you to test and give feedback on the following:-

1. Logging into the app (there are no set logins at present you can simply use username: Test and password Test or any other combination you wish)

2. Test creating a new lighting profile via the + button, which is top right of the main menu.

3. Test adding a Lighting Arm to the pod by tapping on a pod connection.

4. Test changing Lighting Arm LED brightness once you have added a connection.

5. Test adding additional Lighting Arms.

6. Test adding an Effect Component to a Lighting Arm .

7. Test saving a lighting set-up.

8. Test loading a saved lighting set-up.

In addition to the above we have sent out target surveys to all testers for feedback on the usability of the app and first impressions based on the instructions above. This survey is optional, but by completing it you will be really helping us develop this App in to something spectacular for launch. This is your chance to get directly involved with the App development. There are 17 questions and it will take no longer than 4 minutes to complete.

Features currently missing from the App:-

As this is a BETA version of the App, some key features are currently missing that will be there in the full version.

  • The beta version of the Adaptalux App does not currently support lighting studio bluetooth connection.
  • World Library is not yet available. This currently will take you to your local saved Lighting set-ups.
  • Menu Icons:- Settings, Adaptalux Photo Stream and Adaptalux Store do not currently work.
  • Saving a profile:- The ability to add a description has been disabled for now. The ability to tag and categorise profiles will be added in the full version. Alongside this any abilities relating to the “World Library” are not currently present. We will also be adding the ability to upload close up photos captured using the Lighting profile to the set-up.
  • Lighting Control:- User Set Sleep and battery performance icons not yet added.

Known bugs in the current version of the App:-

As this is a early version of the App, there are still some bugs we are working on.

  • When reloading a saved profile with selected filters, the filters do not display on the connections
  • Description text input when saving a profile is currently disabled
  • Profile details are not displayed on iPhone 4s due to screen size, there will be an additional button added to get to this section.
  • Effect components are not disabled when there are no Lighting Arms selected.

Navigating the Adaptalux App:-

In the full release version we are going to have some pop-up help balloons appear over the interface of the app for the first few times you use it. This will help you learn how to use the Adaptalux App and will show you some great features. For this BETA version, we have taken some screenshots and annotated them on this update as a “mini help guide”.

Logging in & the main menu

Logging in & the main menu

Getting started with creating a set-up

Getting started with creating a set-up

Creating a set-up process example

Creating a set-up process example

Thanks everyone, we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the BETA version Adaptalux App. If you have any problems, you can email sg@adaptalux.com for direct help.

A much BIGGER (& festive) update is on the way next week.

Thanks,

Sam and the team.

Become a Adaptalux App tester… Only 200 places available!

Hello!

December has certainly came around quickly! We hope everyone is beginning to get in to the Christmas spirit.

This is just a quick update regarding the Adaptalux App. Sam will be writing another bigger update with more progress photos etc, before Christmas. Everything is moving as planned at the moment.

The Adaptalux App:-

 

The Adaptalux App is now coming together swiftly and we are getting to the stage where we will release a test version before Christmas to get your feedback on function and layout. This also gives you a early chance to play and get to grips with it in a “offline” mode.

We can only push the Adaptalux App out to 200 people for testing. So if you want to be a tester then please leave your email address below in the comments of this post or if you prefer, email it to us at newsletter@adaptalux.com.

This will be done on a first come, first served basis for the remaining places available, so be sure to submit us your email as soon as possible.

All “BETA tester” and “super ultimate mega awesome pack” pledgers have already had their emails added to the list automatically.

Some requirements to be eligible to test the Adaptalux App:-

  • You must have backed the Adaptalux Kickstarter campaign or pre-ordered Adaptalux products through our website.
  • You must have a iPhone or iPad with a Apple App Store account.
 

As mentioned, we will be releasing the Adaptalux App for testing before Christmas. We will then be issuing a survey, which you can optionally participate in, asking you questions about the App. Sam also will welcome emails to sg@adaptalux.com with any feedback.

Adaptalux Advent:-

We are running our own special advent calendar on our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) until New Years day. We are celebrating a great year of progress for Adaptalux by posting our favourite Adaptalux photos from the year. This will feature old photos as well as new ones and photos of the product! Below are the links to follow us on Social Media.

Like us on Facebook

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Follow Adaptalux on Twitter

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Follow Adaptalux on Instagram

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Thats it for now everyone, thanks for your continued support as always!